A physician’s reflections with certainty in medicine
“Lacking a supreme being in which to place our faith, my wife and I decided to make the most difficult decision of our lives and discontinue life support. I still wonder if we made the right decision, question whether fear made us give up too early, and these chronic doubts cut with the acuity of scalpels. But I also know that certainty is a fading flame in a failing body, and in a godless universe, sometimes a ‘best guess’ is all you have to go on.”
Mukund Gnanadesikan is a psychiatrist.
He shares his story and discusses his KevinMD article, “Certainty is a fading flame in a failing body.”
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